Scunthorpe Scorpions plan to bounce back after 51-41 reverse at Sheffield
Michael Palm Toft became the Scorpions’ second successive heat-winner in Heat 12, with young Josh Bates tucked into third place, to score his first away point at this level.
The next two races went against Scunthorpe, but Birks and Jørgensen took a 5-1 in Heat 15, after previously unbeaten home No 1 Simon Stead fell chasing Birks.
Ryan Douglas put in a lively performance from the No 7 spot for the Scorpions, and but for a late fall in Heat 4 while second, his paid six tally would have been even higher.
Richard Hollingsworth, the Scorpions’ team manager, said: “I’m relatively pleased by tonight’s performance. We finished the meeting strongly, while the two reserves were battling away and showed they belong in the Premier League.
“Thomas Jørgensen dropped only two points in the rides that he completed, while Ashley Birks looked he had the beating of Simon Stead, even before Simon fell in Heat 15.
“Both Josh Auty and David Howe have scored maximums here in the past. Tonight they scored 8 paid 10 between them, but certainly through no lack of effort.
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